NXT 2.0 came to us from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. On the show we saw Boa defeat Waller, Wagner and O’Reilly come up short against Legado del Fantasma, and a returning Dakota Kai give Cora Jade her first loss in NXT. Not to mention all of this!
Shirai came for Rose
This week WWE NXT opened with the new NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, fresh off her defeat of Raquel Gonzalez at Halloween Havoc. After complimenting herself and telling the crowd that the title looked better on her than it had on anyone before, she asked where her Toxic Attraction stablemates were.
The big screen showed NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne in the back, and they’d just attacked Zoe Stark. This brought out Io Shirai who told Rose she wanted a match right there and then and Mandy agreed, but as she shouted for a referee she hit Io with a cheap shot and threw her from the ring.
Shirai fought back but Dolin and Jayne made their presence known and Toxic Attraction teamed up on the Genius of the Sky. Suddenly Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro arrived to even the numbers and cleared the ring of the champions.
Could Quinn sing, and pin, and get the win?
Robert Stone called out Xyon Quinn and told him he was going to “Out sing ya, then stomp ya, while I’m wearing my romper, and pin ya one-two-three.” Stone called for the music and when it started he did a sort of rap whilst… I suppose it would technically be called dancing? The crowd chanted “You suck!” and then Quinn gave us his rendition of Shawn Michaels’ theme “Sexy Boy.”
During the song Stone tried to attack Xyon but he was spun around and dropped on his back. Robert slapped Quinn which got the actual match under way and Xyon showed off his strength, throwing Stone around like a rag doll before putting him away for the pin with a huge Jackhammer.
Chase tried to save face, got put in his place
Andre Chase was in the ring and said that he’d heard the rumours that he was being called a coward. To prove he wasn’t, he issued an open challenge to “anyone that wants a PhD in getting their ass kicked.” The call was answered by Bron Breakker.
Chase was suplexed and manhandled inside the ring and out by Breakker, before being put away with the Gorilla Powerslam. After the bell Bron got on the mic and told Tommaso Ciampa that he’s not done with him yet and that he’ll beat him for the NXT Championship or will die trying.
An intense Solo Sikoa dominated in his debut
Solo Sikoa made his presence known at Halloween Havoc and made his official in ring debut this week against Jeet Rama. Sikoa started strong with knee strikes, elbows and headbutts to take down Rama. Jeet got a few shots in of his own but Solo was too powerful, he hit a hip attack in the corner and followed with a huge roundhouse kick to keep Rama on the mat. Sikoa went up top and finished his opponent with a splash to get the pin and win.
Were Hayes and Williams a shoe in against Gargano and Lumis?
Before the match started, NXT North America Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams had a slight confrontation in the ring with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa. Hayes told Ciampa that he was the “A” Champion of NXT and Williams started talking about how they were the main event tonight but Tommaso dropped him to the mat and left the ring.
Dexter Lumis and Johnny Gargano made their way out and the match got under way. It seemed the father and son in law were going to be victorious when Lumis had Hayes locked in the Silence submission and Gargano knocked Trick off of the apron, but Williams took advantage of a distracted referee and hit Lumis with his shoe to break the hold. Hayes then connected with a huge flying leg drop from the top rope and covered Lumis for the win.
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